Today's News

  • School board should put money where mouth is

    Do you think a school resource officer is worth spending $25,000?
    Last Thursday the school board came to an agreement with the sheriff’s office to increase county school resource officer Paul Blackhurst’s salary reimbursement.
    Now the board will reimburse half of Blackhurst’s salary for a total $25,0000, Finance Officer Nick Clark said.
    But not before some debate among board members.  

  • Fact: Tim Wright should be next health director

    Interim Health Director Tim Wright is the best person to lead the Anderson County Department of Health, and the following cold, hard facts, obtained via open records requests, make it perfectly clear.
    The Anderson County Board of Health is expected to name its new director when it meets next Thursday, and regardless the other candidates’ qualifications, degrees, pedigrees or anything else, the fact is Wright’s the best person for the job.

  • City won’t give county Ollie Bowen

    Give Ollie J. Bowen Drive to the county, and you might as well give away Main Street.
    That’s what council member Ken Evans says.    
    “I just don’t think we need to be giving away a street in the middle of town,” Evans said, adding that the reserved signs were just taken down on the street a few months ago. “Bowen Drive, Main Street. Same difference.”

  • Sewer system blows ‘bubbles’

    Anderson County drivers may have noticed piles of what appeared to be soap suds bubbling out from sewer drains on Court and Main streets on Monday afternoon.
    According to Public Works Director Larry Hazlett, these piles of soapy suds are actually pet shampoo lather run off from the company KNS, Inc., located on Railroad Street.  

  • Atkins appointed as chief of police

    Officer Chris Atkins is interim police chief no longer.
    Mayor Edwinna Baker announced at the city council’s Dec. 10 meeting that Atkins, who had been serving as interim police chief after former chief Tommy Burris retired this summer, would be appointed to the position of police chief for 2013.
    Atkins, along with current city council members and newly elected council member George Geoghegan, will be sworn in Dec. 28, the mayor said.

  • A once-in-a-century birthday

    A birthday like this comes once every 100 years.
    Kaitlyn Reed, a sixth grader at Anderson County Middle School, has known this for a while.
    She knew about it when she turned 9. She knew about it when she turned 10. According to her mother Kathryn Reed, Kaitlyn even talked about it after celebrating her 11th birthday last year.
    Born on Dec. 12, 2000, Kaitlyn will turn 12 on 12-12-12.

  • Trial date set for child-tying suspects

    A trial date has been set for the three people charged with first-degree criminal child abuse for allegedly tying up a 3-year-old girl for up to 16 hours each day.
    Parents Rebecca and Herbert Medley and grandmother Carolyn Case are scheduled to stand trial Feb. 25-27 in Anderson Circuit Court, according to documents on file in the courthouse.
    The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day, and Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman is scheduled to preside.
    A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.

  • Still wearing the 'A' on his chest

    Jonathan Haddix is living proof that nothing can squeeze the mat out of a wrestler's blood.

    Not sickness. Not even high school graduation.


    “My senior year in high school, I was ranked in the (statewide) Top 10,” says Haddix, who wrestled at 189 pounds for Anderson County. “I got strep, mono, and walking pneumonia all a week before the regional tournament. I still wanted to wrestle but the doctor told me 'No.'

    “That was one of the lowest points of my life when I could not wrestle.”

  • COLUMN: Times are a-changin in Bluegrass football

    Notes written while my head is spinning....

    Who would have ever thought that during the second week of December, in a year when a college football team from Kentucky is playing in the Sugar Bowl, the talk in these parts centers on the hiring of a new coach at a school playing in a post-season game named for a pizza chain and the return of a hot assistant coach to his home stomping ground.

    As Bob Dylan said, “Times, they are a-changin.'”

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Bearcats power to win at Lincoln

    Anderson County put together its best outing of the young basketball season when the Lady Bearcats whipped 12th Region favorite Lincoln County last Thursday in Stanford.

    Eriel McKee scored 22 points and Makenzie Cann added 18 as the Lady Bearcats remained perfect after four games.

    Lincoln, which made the state semi-finals last year, never led, even though Anderson got in some early foul trouble.